Trends can be so fickle, they come and go at the blink of an eye and most times can be so quick you miss the boat. The great thing about food trends is they seem to have a slightly longer shelf life, often sticking around long after a season or two has passed. To get your mouths watering, here are 5 foodie trends you can expect to see in 2018.
Middle Eastern cooking
Middle Eastern cuisine has blown up in the USA and if the popularity over there is anything to go by then we can definitely expect the trend to hit South Africa in 2018. Foodies can expect to see contemporary, gourmet twists on classics like hummus, falafel, and Tahini hitting restaurant menus and even interesting takes on the classic Israeli breakfast, shakshuka.
Root-to-leaf cooking is still a big trend in food and will continue to grow in 2018. In 2018 more and more chefs will be making sure they’re using the entire plant, whether in one dish or by using different parts of the plant across several dishes.
While gin is here to stay in 2018, rum is also stepping into the limelight. Craft cocktails are going to be big this year and with rum featuring in all sorts of concoctions. Rum is gearing up to be the next big thing as, just like gin, it is quite quick to craft. Look out for all sorts of local craft rums in restaurants and on bottle store shelves in the next few months.
Botanicals and floral flavours
This year expect to see all sorts of floral flavours hitting your plate and drinks. Things like lavender lattes, rose-flavoured everything, bright pink hibiscus teas, and elderflower cocktails are going to be big. From adding whole flowers and petals into dishes to infusing botanical flavours into drinks and snacks, this top trend will add a subtle hint of sweetness to your food in 2018.
While hardly a new idea, intermittent fasting is set to draw some fresh attention in 2018. This practice of limiting your daily eating to a certain window of time, and fasting (i.e. only consuming water and plain tea) when you are not within your eating window offers numerous benefits beyond losing weight. After a while, those following this type of lifestyle are said to see an improvement in their overall health by causing less stress on your digestive system.